When to go
Oktoberfest always finishes on the first weekend in October. It starts on the Saturday two weeks before that. Munich’s mayor taps the first keg at noon on the Saturday to get festivities underway, but if you want to get into a tent that day be sure to arrive by about 9am as all the tents get filled quickly.
Getting to Oktoberfest
Munich is an easy destination to get to from anywhere in Europe. Its airport is serviced by many carriers, but if you’re planning to go to Oktoberfest don’t delay booking your flights. With millions heading to the festival cheap flights get booked our early in the year.
Booking ahead is key for Oktoberfest. The festival grounds are centrally located so if you stay anywhere in central Munich you will be within walking distance. Most hotels and hostels will increase their prices during the fortnight of the festival but you can still get decent double rooms for under €100 per night. When it comes to hostels Wombats is wonderfully clean and has a great atmosphere. Booking for the hostel during Oktoberfest don’t normally open until June but it’s probably best to check their website to be sure.
It doesn’t cost anything to get into Oktoberfest, but a stein costs about €8. Considering there is a litre of beer it’s pretty good value.